News | March 26, 2019

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Emma Edmiston

By DLA Public Affairs

Editor’s note: The Defense Logistics Agency recognizes March as Women’s History Month. In honor of women’s contributions to the agency’s global mission, DLA is highlighting female employees who work day in and day out to provide logistics support to America’s warfighters.

My name is: Emma Edmiston

I am: A financial management analyst assigned to DLA Finance in the Human Capital Office.

Describe your job in a sentence: I provide financial-management advice, assistance, consultation and information related to strategic-workforce planning. I also support the DLA chief financial officer and DLA deputy chief financial officer on special projects related to the overall health of the DLA Finance workforce.

How long have you worked at DLA? Almost 7 years.

What is your favorite thing about working for DLA? Being able to support the warfighter. I was a previous service member and my husband is on active duty. There is a sense of pride in being able to support something that means a lot to you. In addition, the vast areas of business lines that DLA supports is enlightening to me. 

What are your best memories of working here? The work relationships I have made with employees across the agency. Also having accessibility to supervisors who are willing to share their knowledge and bring you on board, and teach and mold you for future growth even in areas outside of your key function.

How do you make a difference? I always try to put myself in others' shoes. The operational tempo around here stays pretty heavy, but I always try to remind myself that I might also be reaching out for support. So I carve out time in my daily schedule to help others as well.  

How do you resolve conflict in the workplace and at home? I’ve always been a direct person and like to face conflict head on. I think communication is a key aspect to resolving issues as soon as conflict enters the situation. 

What does Women’s History Month mean to you? It is a reflection of women in history who have achieved and succeeded in various roles and have set the example for others to follow. There is an opportunity for anyone to succeed if you have the determination and work ethic to make the difference you want.